WPAC sponsors ‘Teens for Jeans’

by Erik Hernandez, Asst. News Editor

The Wheeling Political Action Club (WPAC) hosted a Teens for Jeans drive, in accordance with Aéropostale, a clothing store, to collect jeans for teens in need within the township of Wheeling who would otherwise have difficulty purchasing clothing items.

“Even when life may seem stressful, we should be aware of the struggles of others,” Tyler Levy, senior, said.

There were bins set up in the back and front of the school for whoever would have liked to donate their gently worn jeans from Jan. 28 to Feb. 8.

“It’s a simple and easy way to make a difference in the community,” Isabel Chan, sophomore, said.

Aéropostale’s website states that 1.7 million teens around the U.S are homeless. The program uses celebrities to promote the issue. The jeans donated have totaled up to 2.5 million pairs of jeans since 2007.

Students around the U.S can also be awarded for their efforts. Aéropostale offers a $10,000 award for whichever school donates the most jeans. It will also give out a $2,000 scholarship to a randomly selected school.

This charitable event is among many that WPAC has hosted. Other events included Shave For The Shore.

“These types of events keep us together,” Omar Joya, senior, said.  “It helps us keep true to making a difference in the community and staying up to current events.”